TOTO Group employees are engaged as volunteers, including in arts and sports activities, youth guidance, assistance to the disabled, and in community activities. In addition, TOTO Group labor and management work together in fund-raising activities during disasters and at year-end.
Activities in Support of Disaster-Affected Areas
The Kumamoto Earthquake caused serious damage to the prefectures of Kumamoto and Oita in April 2016. To help aid the recovery of the affected regions, TOTO and its overseas group companies offered 13 million yen in donations. In addition, the company matched the volunteer donations raised by Group's employees, resulting in a total of 23.28 million yen also being offered to the regions struck by the earthquake. In addition, we raised funds through the group fund raising system to aid in the recovery of disaster-hit regions in the wake of the major earthquake in Nepal in June 2015 and the torrential rains and ensuing flooding in Japan's Kanto and Tohoku regions in November 2015. We are also continuing our reconstruction support activities for the region devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, as well as fund raising activities through the group fund raising system. In addition to these activities, we also organize and support events that help revitalize the afflicted regions, as well as provide support for local FM radio stations. We have agreed to the objectives of the Nippon Foundation's Work for Tohoku in collaboration with the Reconstruction Agency for dispatching employees selected from applicants to internals call to local governments. The first team of three personnel recently finished their terms, so two new individuals were assigned in April 2016.
Employee Support of Sport Activity
TOTO Group has a program to support employees who are active at international and national sports tournaments and events. The Chigasaki Plant Women's Basketball Team began as an internal club activity, gradually building up experience to expand their activity to the Kanagawa Prefecture and Kanto Industrial and Commercial Basketball Federation level, and beyond to national tournaments. Mayo Hagino, a wheelchair basketball player at TOTO Tohoku Sales Ltd., was selected to represent Japan in the 2015 U25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship (Beijing). Amputee soccer player Makoto Hoshikawa, who works at General Affairs Division, has been training hard in soccer since childhood in spite of his artificial leg and plays on the amputee soccer team FC Kyushu By Raoul. His skills were recognized and he advanced to the World Cup Russia Tournament for the first time in 2012. Hoshikawa was then chosen to represent Japan in two consecutive World Cup Tournaments held in Mexico in 2014. Kaitaro Toike, who works at TOTO Green Building Materials Division, placed 4th with a time of 6:40:50 in the 31st Lake Saroma 100 km Ultramarathon / IAU 100 km World Championships 2016 Japan Preliminary Round held in 2016. Toike went on to represent Japan in the Ultramarathon 100km World Championships 2016 in Spain, where he finished in 8th place.
Support for Wheelchair Tennis
TOTO supports Miho Nijo, a wheelchair tennis player who has risen to a position of prominence in the wheelchair tennis world. In addition, members of the TOTO Tennis Club participate as volunteer staff members to support operations of the Kitakyushu Open International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament held each year in Kitakyushu City. A Wheelchair Tennis Supporters Club was established within TOTO to support competition and raise awareness.The sphere of interest in and support for wheelchair tennis competitions is increasing. A Tour Tennis Supporters' Club has been formed within TOTO, and the club supports wheelchair tennis in various ways, such as by donating employee membership fees to the competitions.
Local Interaction at TOTO Factories
Out of gratitude to local residents who have long been helpful to the company, the TOTO Group holds annual TOTO Summer Festivals at its plants throughout the country. Each plant produces its own special event, with stalls and so on operated mainly by employees, as a way to engage in closer communication with the people of local communities. Plant Tours and factory remodeling fairs are held to give local residents a better idea of the production activities conducted at TOTO plants.